Researchers at the University of Tokyo in Japan have developed a new electronic skin, capable of displaying information about your body on your hand such as your heartrate. Constructed using conventional circuit board manufacturing techniques, the electronic skin should be able to be manufacturer at affordable costs. The skin follows the contours of your body and is constructed from a breathable nanomesh electrode and stretchable wiring connected to an array of micro LEDs capable of displaying basic images.
The new sensor will last for approximately seven days before needing to be replaced and is capable of connecting to a companion application on a smartphone or similar mobile device to transmit data via a cloud based service. “Our skin display exhibits simple graphics with motion,” says the Takao Someya Research Group “Because it is made from thin and soft materials, it can be deformed freely.” The electronic skin can be stretched by as much as 45 percent from its original length and is far more resistant to wear and tear when compared to previous wearable displays
Dai Nippon Printing hopes to offer the electronic skin within the next three years by making it more reliable, scaling production and improving its coverage for large surface areas. As soon as more information is announced regards its worldwide availability we will keep you up-to-date as always. For more information on the electronic skin jump over to the links below and a video on the EurekAlert website.